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Jura’s Swiss independence ‘terrorist’ dies in Spain
April 7 2020 – 18:49
“Terrorist” style of self Marcel Boillat, leader of the 1960s movement to separate the Jura region in Switzerland from the canton of Bern, had died in Spain at the age of 91 years.
Boillat formed the Jura Liberation Front (JLF) in 1962, which has been credited with helping force independence for Switzerland’s youngest region, in the northwest of the country, in 1979. The JLF also gained a reputation for its uncompromising tactics during the struggle for independence. in the 1960s and 1970s.
Among other measures, the JLF burned several farms that had been sold by the canton of Bern to the Swiss army to be converted into military facilities.
Boillat was arrested in 1964 and sentenced to eight years in prison in 1966. But a year later he escaped from prison and fled to Spain.
Activists, who have been quoted in the media describing themselves as “retired terrorists”, returned to Jura for the first time in 1987 after Switzerland had canceled an extradition request to Spain. His last visit reported to the region was in November 2019.
In his later life Boillat painted and six years ago some of his work was exhibited at Jura, where he remained a respected figure.
The separatist problem has not completely disappeared in Jura. Last year a court canceled a vote in the village of Moutier, which had decided to move the community from the canton of Bern to the Jura administration.
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